Funeral Services: Will be held on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Fontanelle, Iowa, with burial in the Garner Cemetery, Bridgewater, Iowa. Pastor Steven Broers will officiate the service. The Steen Funeral Home in Fontanelle is in charge of the professional arrangements.
Open Visitation: Will be held on Tuesday, October 12, 2021, at the Steen Funeral Home in Fontanelle from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Family Visitation: The family will greet friends on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at the Steen Funeral Home in Fontanelle from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Memorials: Memorials may be directed to Howard Funke memorial fund to be established by the family at a later date.
Howard “Butch” Leroy Funke was born November 9, 1947, the son of Howard and Lois Irene (Ruch) Funke in Bridgewater, Iowa. He died on Saturday, October 9, 2021, at the Adair County Memorial Hospital in Greenfield, Iowa, at the age of 73.
Butch grew up in Bridgewater and graduated from Bridgewater-Fontanelle High School in 1965. He went to work for Cummins Construction after high school retired after 52 years of employment. He bought his current home in 1972 and has lived there since. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and in the later years collecting coins and antiques.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Rebecca Dunkerson and Marcia Schmitt; and brother, Rocky Funke.
He is survived by his two sons, Duane Funke and wife Lisa of Anita and Pat Funke of Dexter, Iowa; three grandchildren, Montgomery Funke, Harley (Austin) Hetherin and Brooklyn Funke; three great grandchildren, Ashton, Able and Roman Hetherin; two sisters, Sherry Ruggles and husband Jim of Boone, Iowa and Cindy Wambold and husband Terry of Oklahoma; two step sons, Travis Arterburn and wife Lisa of Fontanelle and Justin Arterburn and wife Amanda of Ankeny, Iowa; other relatives and friends.